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todd mcmullen

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Terranex AV vs Terranex Mini
by todd mcmullen 3 years ago
Does anyone know if the Terranex Mini has the same engine as the larger AV or 3d unit I understand they will not have the same features but pound for pound will I get the same quality up-convert from
Re: Terranex AV vs Terranex Mini
by Bob Zelin 3 years ago
yes - it's the same quality. If you need a single conversion - SD to HD, it will work just fine for you. Bob Zelin Bob Zelin Rescue 1, Inc. bobzelin@icloud.com
XML export and project transfer
by Todd McMullen 4 years ago
I am trying to export a 2 hour program out of v2.6.1 and everytime I try it crashes the application Force rendered everything and still.Poof. Additionally Any tutorials or white paper on how to transf
Re: XML export and project transfer
by todd mcmullen 4 years ago
thanks any idea why I can't do a successful xml export Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Slider to buy?
by david masterson 7 years ago
Okay, about to pull the trigger on a new slider, looking at Kessler...any other suggestions as it pretty pricey. RD
Re: Slider to buy?
by todd mcmullen 7 years ago
I am using the Slider on my show as well. Fantastic. Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Using Locks on Pelican cases when shipping UPS
by todd mcmullen 7 years ago
If shipping ground can you use locks on pelican cases for gear Seems to be some varied opinions on this. thanks Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Re: Using Locks on Pelican cases when shipping UPS
by todd mcmullen 7 years ago
Makes perfect sense Bill thanks Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Our own Todd M and "Prime Suspect"
by Todd Terry 8 years ago
Hey fellow Todd... Good to see your name in the credits on "Prime Suspect." That sure is a good-looking show... lighting very natural yet interesting, which is a hard combo. Curious, what's your shoot
Re: Our own Todd M and "Prime Suspect"
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
hi Todd Thanks We are(were) shooting with 2 Alexas to the Log c format. I established a fairly agressive LUT at Mega Playground post in NYC. I have since moved on to an HBO show that will be shown nex
sticks and fluid head
by Larry Watts 8 years ago
Looking for a new set of sticks and fluid head for a Canon XF 305 for field use. (5-6 pounds) Need lightweight legs, and professional fluid head, but are willing to look at some non name brand gear if
Re: sticks and fluid head
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
I think personal preference comes into play here. When I am on a job where the equipment is coming out of a rental house I always go with an O'Connor 2575 fluid head. A little large for your purposes
ASC CDL worflow with the Alexa camera
by Jonathan Holm 8 years ago
Hello, I apologize if this feels like a reposted question in this forum. I've searched for answers and I'm still not 100% sure that my workflow will be ok. In the next week, I will be receiving Apple
Re: ASC CDL worflow with the Alexa camera
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
The one issue I seem to see here is that the Dp used the true light system here to establish a look. If you by-pass his look with a plug in from someone else you are going to be compromising a look th
Professional camera technique: changing a culture of over zooming
by Larry Watts 8 years ago
I've taken over a position as head of TV production where the former director and present camera operator relied on using the zoom function extensively. Way, way too extensively in my opinion. The CEO
Re: Professional camera technique: changing a culture of over zooming
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
I love zooms for the simple fact of speed. I hate to halt production just to change a lens. When that happens the hair people run in, the make up people run in, the actors come out of character and th
5d footage intercut with alexa?
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
I'm going to be shooting a tv broadcast show with the Alexa. In log C. however, we have some car work and foot chase scenes which I would like to go smaller and use the 5d. Anybody have any experience
Re: 5d footage intercut with alexa?
by todd mcmullen 8 years ago
Haha, well, thank you, Professor. I got it. Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Best On-Camera LED Light
by Justin L. 9 years ago
Hey guys! I am now looking for an affordable LED light for my camera, because my camera's low light capability is not that good. I am currently looking at LitePanels Micro, Rotolight, Opteka VL-126 an
Re: Best On-Camera LED Light
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
The Litepanel Micro is an excellent overall choice. Also check out this: Switronix Torchled TL-68 Dimmable 5600K LED Light - 45 Watts This baby has some punch. Works great as a dashboard light in a ca
Shooting a water drop
by Rajarshi Basu 9 years ago
Hi, I need to shoot a single water drop to composite it. I will be using a canon 5D with a 60mm macro lens. But what kind of a background should I shoot it on Black or green Also how can I possibly li
Re: Shooting a water drop
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
Hey raj Sounds like fun I would think a black background would work but I defer to the VFX specialist. However, you will need to throw some backlight on the drop. Position the light so you can keep it
check the gate
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
I heard that you cannot watch video back on the alexa. If this is true, how do you make sure the SxS cards are recorded to Do you have to pull them out and then download them How about if you use an e
Re: check the gate
by gary adcock 9 years ago
Correct Todd, the current builds of the Alexa software do not allow for in-camera playback from SxS, that is scheduled for the next software release, as is ArriRaw recording capabilities. External rec
I saw GoPro Hero cams at Best Buy now
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
Around $300 in a POP display in their camcorder department. Gosh they are cute little things; I thought they were larger for some reason. I don't have an immediate need for one, but darned if I don't
Re: I saw GoPro Hero cams at Best Buy now
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
will be testing one of these this week for a film. but, I have been using the contourHD for a while now. It is indispensible and indestructible. good image for quick cuts Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films
Chest Mounted shots of actor
by Ryan Buller 9 years ago
I was wondering how to create a mount for a shot where the camera is pointed straight back at the actor where their body stays the same in the frame but the background moves around when they move. I'v
Re: Chest Mounted shots of actor
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
I have used these before http: www.doggicam.com master.html check out bodymount Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
DSLR vs. HVX (documentary work)
by Jeffrey Starr 9 years ago
Ok, so I'm doing I've been doing a lot of questioning lately and I'd like to hear some opinions of people on Creative Cow. So here's the deal: I just graduated from film school this past May. And I am
Re: DSLR vs. HVX (documentary work)
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
All good points of view. Each system shines for different reasons. I have been using the 5d on a narrative show but I have had support. Sound mixer, DIT, AC, etc. I have also been using the HVX for a
Visual of EFP camera going into 2x extension
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
Maybe a strange request,, but, does anyone have a video clip of what it looks like when a eng efp video lens is switched into 2x magnification Looking for a slower switch to see the effect.need to sho
Re: Visual of EFP camera going into 2x extension
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
I don't have that type of lens. Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
betasp through LHI
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
Maybe this is a thread for the compression forum but I am trying to get some technical clarity on the workflow and codec I should use when going from betasp (SD) through LHI to Media 100 or FCP. My th
Re: betasp through LHI
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
thanks all As far as component through LHI, yes that is how I have captured before. However, I assumed I would get a better signal, better image, by going through an SDI pipeline. Now how much better
master options
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
Hello I have a documentary that is ready to go out and I am searching for some info on best ways to master out.I am looking for a hard copy(tape) and a digital copy.I have an LHI card but no SDI decks
Re: master options
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
thanks a bunch floh and I look forward to the tutorials Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
explanation of conform command
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
ok so I am trying to figure the best way to convert a m100 SD, pro res, program to HD for delivery. I have a kona lhi with no hd vtr. I do have a betasp and a dsr 45a dvcam deck. However, I could rent
Re: xplanation of conform command
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
Thanks Floh Great question I guess I don't need to go to HD at this time Thanks for answers and insight Btw, how does the software upres look I assume it is a slow process Todd McMullen Flip Flop Film
speaking of boris
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
so trying to add a simple title in boris, bottom 3rd, but when I render the clip the text moves into center of frame and dissolves. how do I get a stationary title in boris using media suite 1.6 thank
Re: speaking of boris
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
thank you peter Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
firewire out with media suite 1.5 and aja
by todd mcmullen 9 years ago
I have an SD program that is prores and the footage was captured through an AJA LHI card. I would like to export that program through the MAC firewire to a DVD recorder. Is this possible If so, what i
Re: firewire out with media suite 1.5 and aja
by Colin Grimshaw 9 years ago
The formula we use to output back to DVCam is: Project Settings: Codecs (aquire import and firewire output) SET TO DV Preferences: Video Output (output HDe set to DV) SET TO DV and SELECT DV DECK TOO
Kona LHi system setup?
by Boris Missirkov 10 years ago
Hi, As a newbie to the Cow, to present myself in brief: I'm part of a small indie production company, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. We've been specializing in creative documentaries over the last 8-10 yea
Re: Kona LHi system setup?
by todd mcmullen 10 years ago
I just purchased a Cal Digit HD one to use with my LHI setup. Very solid and great customer support.Also to note, this system is very quiet.They had a good deal going on this unit. FWIW, I would avoid
Kona 3 Buy now or wait
by Richard Nastasi 10 years ago
I have a feature i will be doing the finishing on at the end of april. I'll be renting a SR deck to assemble and then output 10bit 444 for coloring. I have the opportunity to buy a used kona 3 with br
Re: Kona 3 Buy now or wait
by todd mcmullen 10 years ago
right on. I think bob's post was brilliant. I mean, I laugh everytime I think about how long I waited for hard drives to go up from 1 gig to 9 gigs. Then I finally bought one for nearly 5 grand. Obvio
Best compression for BetaSP
by todd mcmullen 11 years ago
HI all, I need to re-edit a program in FCP. My footage is BetaSP material. I have a considerable amount but wish to digitize at a compression that will enable me to not have to go back and do an on-li
Re: Best compression for BetaSP
by todd mcmullen 11 years ago
thanks everyone to your input. I will be coming out component to the kona 2 card. Or would it be better to come out component to an AJA component to SDI converter then to a kona 3 card. Seems it would
Not seeing clips in p2 viewer for import
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
On some p2 folders I am unable to view the clip in the preview window. I see the clip in the left column clip viewer but when I double click it a white window shows up in viewer. If I just add the cli
Re: Not seeing clips in p2 viewer for import
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
Noah, Makes sense. Still not sure why some clips will not show up in viewer while the clips will be converted in the cue.Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Best compression for BetaSP
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
Maybe not the right forum but... I need to work with some betaSP tapes in FCP. I would like to bring in the footage at the best resolution I can. I am sure an uncompressed format will be the closet cl
Re: Best compression for BetaSP
by Daniel Low 12 years ago
ProRes via the AJA will be ideal.
Beta Sp to DV
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
I am attempting to archive and clone a large amount of Beta Sp tapes to the digital world. (Approx 140 tapes) Other than Digibeta, what would a good cost effective format be. Obviously, the less comp
Re: Beta Sp to DV
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
What is a Formula for hard drive space ie... 1 30 minute betaSp digitized dvcpro50 equals gigs.. thanksTodd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
any reviews on lacie s2s SATA with fcp
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
Trying to get feedback and review on the lacie 2.5 tb sata drive. Looking at the lacie and Cal Digit. Lacie coming in with a lower price point. what do you think thanks, Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films
HVX shooting w ca mount. polarizer?
by ben chappell 12 years ago
i'm doing a shoot this weekend and we will be doing a car mount setup shooting thru the windshield. I've never used dulling spray, but have heard it suggested. is this more effective than a polarizer
Re: HVX shooting w ca mount. polarizer?
by todd mcmullen 12 years ago
Ben, do not use dulling spray on your windshield. Use a polarizer to dial in or out what you want to see. also, if you want some ambiance reflection, (trees, buildings, etc) drive down a road with the
DVD footage to FCP
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
I have a dvd I have gotten from our editorial of cut footage I have shot. I am in Texas and they are in LA. I am in the process of color timing the footage and I want to experiment a little. what woul
Re: DVD footage to FCP
by ben oliver 13 years ago
google mactheripper...or just jack your dvd player into a dv deck, and capture as normal. its the quickest way of them all.
Shakiness of Friday Night Lights
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
Thanks for the input on our camera work on Friday Night Lights. It indeed has been toned down. It is funny because we use 3 cameras on everything and we do not set out to make it shaky or zoomy. It is
Re: Shakiness of Friday Night Lights
by David Saraceno 13 years ago
I'm one of the ones probably railing the most about the movement. I don't mind a little, but a bunch of us who viewed gave it up because it was too distracting. You actually got a little seasick. Anyw
P2 camera used in what T.V. shows?
by motionfx 13 years ago
Hey folks, I am considering this camera for my series. I would like to see this camera on the T.V. set. Which shows are using it and to what success are they having Thanks, Brian
Re: P2 camera used in what T.V. shows?
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
We use it as an additional camera and as a football camera for Friday Night Lights. Check it out on Tuesdays on NBC. see if you can tell what is 16mm and what is p2. we shoot it at 720p 24fps. Todd Mc
is data transfer from HVX200 to the IPOD video possible?
by ziggy forthesea 13 years ago
hello from the new comer that will take the HVX200 deep sea diving. I am still trying to figure out the work flow. since I will be shooting while diving from a boat I will need to empty the cards betw
Re: is data transfer from HVX200 to the IPOD video possible?
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
Ziggy, FWIW. I use an older firewire ipod for data transfer. I used it on a tv movie without problems. 1080. I would dump footage from p2 in powerbook to ipod. send off to editorial and they would dow
P2 import from lacie
by Neil Gelinas 13 years ago
I'm trying to import some P2 footage that was backed up to a lacie drive. When I try to import it into FCP, it doesn't recognize the wrapped quicktimes (MXFs) as P2 footage. When I do this from the P2
Re: P2 import from lacie
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
neil, you will be able to import p2 files without .txt file. Try copying a .txt file, if you have one, to the folder you want to import. If you can't, then you have to have your contents folder at the
Working with media manager
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
I am trying to get a grasp on media manager in fcp 5.1. I have +- 700 gigs of footage from p2 that I have brought into FCP in a mov file, in capture scratch folders. I have cut together 4 performance
Re: Working with media manager
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
yes, thank you for the tip.Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin Cinematography Forum Leader
someone deleted .txt file
by Sam Coates 13 years ago
Hi Forum, about to start editing a TVC tomorrow, shot on a P2 today... producer tells me that someone has copied the contents of the cards accros to a firewire drive and ignored the .txt files. bummer
Re: someone deleted .txt file
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
you can put the contents folder at the root level in your drive. I have also copied .txt file from one folder to another with success. Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin Cinematography Forum Leader
P2 Store or FS100 - How would you choose
by Darren Kelly 13 years ago
Hello everyone, I just took delivery of the new HVX200, and bought a single 8GB P2card for it. We shoot almost exclusively in studio, and shoot in short clips. I have an FS100 on order, but given that
Re: P2 Store or FS100 - How would you choose
by todd mcmullen 13 years ago
I would avoid the firestore at this point. I had been looking at it as well but it is just too un-predictable, un-native, and just too expensive. And you have to buy an additional battery just to get
transferring m100 project to fcp
by todd mcmullen 14 years ago
I am trying to move a project from m100 v8.2 to fcp. Can I do this with the clips that I have digitized in m100 Can anyone suggest a workflow to get all my bins and programs into fcp.Todd McMullen Fli
Re: transferring m100 project to fcp - Typo correction
by Bryce Whiteside 14 years ago
I meant to say: If you have a Vincent 601 card--640x480--your clips will go soft when scaled up and you may have some inverted field issues. My apologies, Bryce WhitesideDon't worry Mr. B. I have a cu
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